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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
El Rancho is a luxury holiday retreat, set in the heart of the Andalucian countryside, surrounded by 4 acres of private organic olive groves, with vast views of pine clad mountains. It is also a small Organic olive farm with horse riding facilities, and offers 2 exclusive self catering cottages El Hispano ( I bedroom Cottage/Studio, Ref - 62275)and El Pasa Fina (2 bedroom cottage, Ref - 62274) and El Alter Real ( 2 bedroom cottage Ref - 5257247)
The cottages have been beautifully designed and constructed to the highest standard with extensive use of handmade ladrious tiles, granite work surfaces and authentic beamed ceilings. Both cottages feature modern bathrooms and kitchens.
At El Rancho you will receive a warm welcome from your friendly hosts Jacque and Garret, where the accent is placed firmly on the "Better things in life". Guests come for the sheer tranquility, the amazing off road horse riding and the exclusive house party atmosphere.
Whether you simply want to relax in the heated jacuzzi with a glass of fine Rioja or teck through the Andalician mountains on horseback you will have an experience to remember.
The cottages are both centred around landscaped gardens and terraces with 2 swimming pools, one being over 80sq metres. Both cottages have private dining and sunbathing terraces and have been individually designed and lovingly furnished in a typically Andalucian style, to the highest standards.
El Hispano features its own private walled courtyard terrace with additional outside dining area, built in gas barbecue and sunloungers.
An ideal retreat for couples and families of all ages, seeking a relaxing holiday. Ideally located for sightseeing, (Alhambra Palace, Ronda, Seville) and yet only 40 mins from the beaches of the Costa del Sol, 20 mins from the lakes of Iznajar. The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco with its numerous tapas bars and restaurants is just 5 minutes away.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Malaga, El Palo 40 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malaga or Granada 45 km, Nearest railway: Salinas 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Fax machine, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
• En-suite fully tiled bathroom with granite vanity unit, with his & hers sinks, shower & W.C.
• Kitchenette, including full size fridge, oven & gas hob, granite work tops, full kitchen utensils and quality glassware
• Double bed and fitted "his and hers" wardrobes
• Mexican dining table and 2 chairs
• Private walled courtyard terrace with built in gas barbecue & outside kitchen area complete with dining furniture, cushions and sunloungers
• TV, DVD player ( We have an extensive range of DVDs guests are welcome to borrow FREE of charge)
• Music system, MP3 compatible
• Ceiling fan
• Extensive welcome pack upon arrival, including wine.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a five seater heated jacuzzi and 2 landscaped pools, the largest is over 80sqm (12.5x6.5m) and is fully illuminated in the evening, ideal for that late evening dip on those balmy summer evenings. The shallow end features Roman steps and the deep end is over 3 metres deep. The pool is constantly cleaned and monitored with the chlorine and PH levels maintained daily.
The terraces around the pool feature an abundance of sun loungers and parasols and everywhere you look there are planters full of flowers giving an array of colour throughout the year. The landscaped terraces provide an ideal place to relax and soak up the summer sunshine. We also offer guests the opportunity to ride our horses accompanied through the countryside. The scenery here, really is second to none, and one of the best ways to enjoy the stunning countryside, is just like they have done for centuries, upon horse back. We use various trails throughout the mountains and vary the routes according to guests individual requirements.
All our bedrooms are furnished with top quality bed linen and fully washable non allergy pillows, we also supply duvets for cooler months. In order to maintain our high cleanliness standards all our mattresses are turned and vacuum cleaned on a regular basis.
We also offer a full size cot and cot linen, complete with cot bumpers. Cot bumper and mattress protectors are washed weekly between guests.
We supply all bed linnen and towels for the apartment, these are changed weekly, we kindly ask guests supply their own beach towels.
Please note we do not object to people smoking on the terraces, but we ask guests refrain from smoking inside the cottage/Studio.
About this location
The Andalucia region
The numerous sandy beaches and sea food restaurants of the Costa Del Sol can be reached in as little time as 40 minutes, El Palo, has many chiringito's, and the famous fish Restaurant "El Tintero" is a favourite with the Spanish locals. There are also several water parks on the Coast and Tivoli fun Park in Benalmadena. The lakeside beaches of Lake Iznajar are only 20 minutes away, and has child friendly sandy beaches. There is also a beachside chiringito (bar/restaurant) for snacks and refreshments.
The newly appointed and challanging Golf course of Antequera, is only 25 minutes away. The course consists of 18 holes par 72 with 10 lakes and amazing views over El Torcal. A great course with a good club house serving excellent food. There are also numerous courses on the coast.
The Sierra Nevada is just over 1.25 hours drive away. The season usually starts in December and can go right through till April. Well worth a visit in the winter and has over 80 km of runs. Features some great tapas bars for apre ski!
"We regularly patronise this resort as it manages to cater for all levels and abilities and contains some great little restaurants and tapas bars"
At "El Rancho" our passion in life are our horses, these are our own personal horses - our extended family. Our horses are all loved and cared for, regularly exercised and given only the best feed and supplements. Yes, they are thoroughly spoilt, however this is only reflected in their good manners and well being. All our horses have received BHS schooling. During the summer our horses graze naturally through the olive groves. If you would like to participate in trail riding whilst you are staying with us, we are more than happy to discuss your riding requirements. The trails, vary between tracks through the valleys amongst the olive groves to pathways through the pine clad mountains, all our routes are varied, depending on the ability of the rider, however all our routes provide breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Jacque always likes to give our younger clients a riding appraisal in one of our turn out corrals, before venturing into the mountains for the first time.
Villanueva Del Trabuco
The "Peublo Blanco" village of Villanueva del Trabuco is 3km from El Rancho, a pleasant stroll in the Spring and Autumn, with a couple of restaurants/bars on route. Close by are the historical towns of Antequera and Archidona, Antequera was originally established during the Roman times and is steeped in interesting architecture, it is well worth a visit to see the historic bull ring, traditional restaurants and street cafes. Antequera also has some great fashion boutiques
The traditional village of Villanueva del Trabuco, contains a variety of authentic tapas bars and restaurants, offering a wide variety of different cuisines. In the village you will find many different shops, from small supermarkets to gift shops to womens boutiques. There is also a daily indoor market selling fresh produce, fruit and veg, fresh fish and meat. Trabuco has a beautiful new central plaza with numerous bars and cafes centred around a fountain, an ideal place to take a coffee or a glass of wine and watch the locals go by.
Trabuco has many fiestas throught the year where you can see on first hand the "Real Spain" with the women all dressed in their traditional dresses and the men on their Andalucian horses, bands playing in the plaza and everyone having a great time. The Fiestas are a major part of life in the Andalucain counrtyside and eveyone joins in, from the smallest baby to the oldest grandparent.
Other places of interest include the famous Alhambra Palace at Granada, an absolute must, there are also the famous historic towns of Ronda, Sevilla and Cordoba. All worthy of a visit.
At El Rancho we are also able to arrange for our guests a variety of other activities, including off road trail biking, complete with personnal tour guide, scuba diving and golf. The local area is a haven for bird watchers, painters, walkers, climbers, mountain bikers and photographers.
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9 Nov 2014
"a fantastic stay at el rancho"
The accomodation is absolutely first class and the owners as a helpful as needed without interfering during our stay. The location is approx 50Kms from Malaga and 70 KMs from Granada which makes it an… More
20 Jun 2014
Beautiful and clean accommodation, we were looked after really well. A wonderful holiday with amazing hosts and horses.… More
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